Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they have cracked the code to being happy. They have been studying this for decades, working with tens of thousands of patients. Now they think they have found it. They key parts of the code are 1) focus on the right things. 2) Learn to compartmentalize your life and create boundaries. 3) Quit complaining.
According to the lead researcher, Dr. Amit Sood, this is very important because “studies show happier are healthier people.”
Paul might say they have missed a couple of ingredients like remembering to relax in the Grace of God and striving to know Jesus Christ better. The Mayo and the Apostle do agree that the one thing that will defeat happiness sooner than anything else is when we pursue happiness instead of pursuing the things that bring happiness. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell.
Philippians 3:1-21 (HCSB) (1) Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a protection for you. (2) Watch out for “dogs,” watch out for evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh. (3) For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh— (4) although I once also had confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: (5) circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee; (6) regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless. (7) But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. (8) More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ (9) and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. (10) ⌊My goal⌋ is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, (11) assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. (12) Not that I have already reached ⌊the goal⌋ or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. (13) Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, (14) I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. (15) Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. (16) In any case, we should live up to whatever ⌊truth⌋ we have attained. (17) Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. (18) For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. (19) Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things, (20) but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (21) He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.